Terence Crawford has been ordered by the WBO to place his welterweight championship on the road in opposition to Shawn Porter.
The undefeated champion responded on-line with a ‘thumbs up’ so could possibly be set for his in-ring return.
Crawford and Porter have till August 20 to agree phrases to a combat or it’ll go to purse bids, the place totally different promoters can bid for the precise to stage the bout.
Crawford is among the many world’s greatest pound-for-pound fighters however, till Wednesday evening when the WBO delivered their ruling, he had no combat within the offing.
The three-weight world champion is undefeated in 37 outings – he has defended his WBO belt in stoppage wins over Amir Khan and Kell Brook.
Porter, a former two-time welterweight champion, misplaced an exhilarating back-and-forth combat with Crawford’s nice rival Errol Spence Jr in 2019.
Spence Jr is about to face Manny Pacquiao in a welterweight title unification combat subsequent month.
Crawford has been focused by Josh Taylor, who adopted within the American’s footsteps by changing into undisputed super-lightweight champion.
Taylor informed Sky Sports activities: “I consider in my very own capability. I consider I’ve fought higher opposition than Crawford has, though Crawford could be very, superb, he is elite stage.
“However he hasn’t fought the very best opponents in his division. He is fought good fighters, good opposition, however I consider I fought on the higher stage. I fought higher fighters on the way in which up.”
High Rank’s Bob Arum, who promotes each, informed Sky Sports activities: “We hope early subsequent yr we can do a combat that may blow the lid off of every little thing within the UK.
“That may be Taylor difficult Crawford for the welterweight title.
“It could be primetime within the UK. We would like to do it there within the spring with 60,000 individuals in Scotland.”